Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, December 17, 2020

Eighth light of Chanukah – Thursday night)


Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)

Thu 17-Dec-2020 2nd of Tevet, 5781 Chanukah Day 7

Ge 42:19-43:15 2 Sa 4-5 Ps 78:40-72 Lk 5 (2 Co 3)

Nu 7:48-53 1 Macc ch. 13-14

As I read the Aliyah (Genesis 42:19-43:15) tears ran down my cheeks.  (Real men do cry.)  Everything that is happening here at the end of Genesis is a picture of a greater reality.  Joseph is dealing with his brothers in way that will bring conviction and repentance for their sin.  He means to do them good and not evil.  He has a sense now for the fulfillment of the visions he was given as a boy.  His brothers and his father will bow down to him.  And, of course, the greater reality is Yeshua, dealing with His own brothers (the Jewish people) in the last days, so that they too will repent and worship their kinsman redeemer.  What a mighty God we serve.

Week 51
Memory Verse: 1 Peter 2:11 Loved ones, I urge you as strangers and sojourners to keep away from the fleshly cravings that war against the soul.

251   12/14  Monday:         1 Peter 3-4

252   12/15  Tuesday:        1 Peter 5, 1 John 1

253   12/16  Wednesday:   1 John 2-3   

* 254 12/17  Thursday:       1 John 4-5

255.  12/18  Friday:            Revelation 1

Question of the Day:  What is one of the most challenging scriptures in the Bible?

Answer:  We find it in our reading today.  It’s actually two verses.  1 John 5:7 For there are three that testify— 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and these three are one.  What makes this so challenging?  It’s the “one.”  When we try to understand 3 in 1, we have to take the One apart.  The minute we take the one apart into three, we tend to lose sight of the One.  

So, how can our finite minds comprehend the infinite God?  We must use the Sword of the Spirit, which is the only weapon we have.  The Spirit communicates.  1 John 5:6b The Spirit is the One who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.  

Rabbi Trail:  Believing the truth is a good definition of faith.  We believe and have faith in the promises of God.  God’s promises are true because… (although this is a short phrase taken out of context, I don’t believe the meaning has been changed) Hebrews 6:18b …it is impossible for God to lie….  End RT.

Yesterday we spoke about 1 Thessalonians 5:8b putting on the breastplate of faithfulness and love.  Faith is believing the truth (inward expression) and love is our heart response (outward expression).  Faith is the substance of what’s in our heart, love is faith’s testimony.

The water and the blood speak to the nature of Messiah, Who is both human (water) and divine (blood).  Our bodies are mostly made up of water.  The life is in the blood. (Leviticus 17:11 and too many other verses to mention.)  The blood of Messiah overcame the grave. (John 6:53, which we pray during communion)  Revelation 1:5b To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood.

Colossians 2:9 For all the fullness of Deity lives bodily in Him.  We have “all the fullness” in Yeshua.  

He is Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Ruach Adonai is, there is freedom.  

He is water.  John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty. The water that I give him will become a fountain of water within him, springing up to eternal life!”  

And He is blood.  Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood—the removal of trespasses—in keeping with the richness of His grace May His name be blessed.

We have focused mostly on Yeshua.  He magnifies the Father and sends us the Spirit.  None of the 3 in 1 are diminished, they are only magnified.  But you do get a sense as to why I called this one of the most challenging verses in the Bible.